Softwood

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 7th November 2006.

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Photo of Peter Atkinson Peter Atkinson Conservative, Hexham

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

(1) what his most recent estimate is of the availability of UK sourced softwood;

(2) what assessment he has made of forecasts of available supplies of UK sourced softwood for power generation; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Biodiversity, Landscape and Rural Affairs)

The new forecast of UK softwood availability was recently published on the Forestry Commission's website. Table 1 from the report, reproduced as follows, shows the amount of material available to a stated top diameter, rather than by potential end use. The full report is available on the Commission website at: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/PF2005.pdf/$FILE/PF2005.pdf. I have arranged for a copy of the report to be placed in the Library of the House.

Table 1: United Kingdom: 2005 forecast of softwood availability—Forestry Commission Estate (FC), Forest Service Northern Ireland (FS) and Private Sector (PS)
(Average annual volume in thousands of cubic metres overbark standing)
2007-11 2012-16
Top-diameter class FC/FS PS Total Percentage spruce FC/FS PS Total Percentage spruce
North England
7 to 14 cm 259 136 395 72 264 133 397 75
14 to 16 cm 90 55 145 74 89 60 149 74
16 to 18 cm 81 58 139 72 79 67 146 72
Up to 18 cm 339 313 652 56 356 386 742 58
Total 769 562 1,331 64 788 647 1,434 66
Central England
7 to 14 cm 62 73 135 14 48 60 108 15
14 to 16 cm 22 32 54 13 19 28 47 15
16 to 18 cm 21 36 57 12 19 34 53 15
Up to 18 cm 153 284 437 12 180 322 502 13
Total 258 425 683 12 266 443 710 13
South England
7 to 14 cm 56 146 202 21 56 127 183 21
14 to 16 cm 20 62 82 22 21 55 76 22
16 to 18 cm 22 70 92 23 23 64 87 24
Up to 18 cm 243 594 837 20 276 665 941 20
Total 341 871 1,213 21 376 912 1,287 21
England
7 to 14 cm 377 355 732 47 368 320 688 51
14 to 16 cm 132 149 281 47 129 144 272 49
16 to 18 cm 124 164 288 44 121 165 286 47
Up to 18 cm 735 1,190 1,926 30 812 1,373 2,185 31
Total 1,368 1,858 3,227 37 1,430 2,002 3,431 38
Wales
7 to 14 cm 166 155 321 66 174 156 330 68
14 to 16 cm 69 55 124 71 73 56 129 74
16 to 18 cm 72 61 133 71 77 64 141 74
Up to 18 cm 482 397 879 63 557 469 1,026 66
Total 789 669 1,457 65 881 746 1,626 68
Scotland
7 to 14 cm 999 945 1,944 68 1,070 1,033 2,103 68
14 to 16 cm 357 402 759 75 413 459 872 74
16 to 18 cm 336 420 756 77 401 496 897 76
Up to 18 cm 1,540 1,894 3,434 76 1,885 2,393 4,278 76
Total 3,232 3,661 6,893 73 3,769 4,380 8,150 74
Great Britain
7 to 14 cm 1,542 1,455 2,997 63 1,612 1,509 3,121 64
14 to 16 cm 558 606 1,164 68 615 659 1,273 69
16 to 18 cm 532 645 1,177 68 599 725 1,324 70
Up to 18 cm 2,757 3,481 6,239 60 3,254 4,235 7,489 62
Total 5,389 6,188 11,577 62 6,080 7,128 13,207 64
Northern Ireland
7 to 14 cm 79 2 81 89 100 2 102 91
14 to 16 cm 42 2 44 89 56 2 58 91
16 to 18 cm 42 4 46 89 56 4 60 91
Up to 18 cm 289 12 301 89 367 12 379 91
Total 452 20 472 89 579 20 599 91
United Kingdom
7 to 14 cm 1,621 1,457 3,078 63 1,712 1,511 3,223 65
14 to 16 cm 600 608 1,208 68 671 661 1,331 70
16 to 18 cm 574 649 1,223 69 655 729 1,384 71
Up to 18 cm 3,046 3,493 6,540 61 3,621 4,247 7,868 63
Total 5,841 6,208 12,049 63 6,659 7,148 13,806 65
(Average annual volume in thousands of cubic metres overbark standing)
2017-21 2022-26
Top-diameter class FC/FS PS Total Percentage spruce FC/FS PS Total Percentage spruce
North England
7 to 14 cm 220 129 349 73 173 122 295 73
14 to 16 cm 82 61 143 75 69 59 128 75
16 to 18 cm 75 71 146 73 64 69 133 74
Up to 18 cm 336 450 786 59 292 477 769 59
Total 713 711 1,424 65 598 727 1,325 65
Central England
7 to 14 cm 42 52 94 15 35 51 86 15
14 to 16 cm 19 25 44 14 16 23 39 15
16 to 18 cm 20 32 52 15 18 29 47 17
Up to 18 cm 192 360 552 14 190 375 565 14
Total 273 469 742 14 259 478 737 14
South England
7 to 14 cm 53 115 168 21 42 107 149 21
14 to 16 cm 22 50 72 22 18 46 64 20
16 to 18 cm 24 60 84 23 20 56 76 22
Up to 18 cm 318 750 1,068 20 262 788 1,050 19
Total 417 974 1,392 21 342 996 1,339 20
England
7 to 14 cm 315 296 611 50 250 280 530 49
14 to 16 cm 123 137 259 50 103 128 231 50
16 to 18 cm 119 162 282 48 102 154 256 48
Up to 18 cm 846 1,560 2,406 31 744 1,640 2,384 31
Total 1,403 2,155 3,558 37 1,199 2,201 3,401 36
Wales
7 to 14 cm 169 178 347 71 150 193 343 74
14 to 16 cm 71 54 125 73 66 50 116 73
16 to 18 cm 73 63 136 74 69 57 126 75
Up to 18 cm 480 466 946 66 461 446 907 68
Total 793 761 1,554 69 746 746 1,492 71
Scotland
7 to 14 cm 1,054 1,116 2,170 67 908 1,082 1,990 67
14 to 16 cm 438 501 939 74 397 497 894 73
16 to 18 cm 438 548 986 76 405 555 960 75
Up to 18 cm 2,172 2,675 4,847 77 1,987 2,872 4,859 77
Total 4,102 4,840 8,942 74 3,697 5,006 8,703 74
Great Britain
7 to 14 cm 1,538 1,590 3,128 64 1,308 1,555 2,863 65
14 to 16 cm 632 692 1,323 69 566 674 1,241 69
16 to 18 cm 630 773 1,404 70 576 767 1,342 70
Up to 18 cm 3,498 4,701 8,199 62 3,192 4,958 8,150 63
Total 6,298 7,756 14,054 64 5,642 7,954 13,596 64
Northern Ireland
7 to 14 cm 82 2 84 91 69 2 71 91
14 to 16 cm 56 2 58 91 42 2 44 91
16 to 18 cm 48 4 52 91 42 4 46 91
Up to 18 cm 386 12 398 91 376 12 388 91
Total 572 20 592 91 529 20 549 91
United Kingdom
7 to 14 cm 1,620 1,592 3,212 65 1,377 1,557 2,934 65
14 to 16 cm 688 694 1,381 70 608 676 1,285 69
16 to 18 cm 678 777 1,456 71 618 771 1,388 71
Up to 18 cm 3,884 4,713 8,597 64 3,568 4,970 8,538 64
Total 6,870 7,776 14,646 65 6,171 7,974 14,145 65

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